Thursday, April 12, 2018
Milwaukee Public Schools students are expanding their understanding and knowledge of global cultures and ways that interrelationships affect our world through a United Nations Schools of International Learning program. On April 10 at Miller Park, MPS elementary and middle school students presented a special program to celebrate cultures and identify the challenges facing countries around the world.
Classes have been working all year on their projects. Exhibits included photos, maps, and important facts about each country, as well as strengths and challenges and the role each country plays in its region or continent. Student performances included Hmong dancers, Latin American themed ballroom dancers, and an international fashion show.
The UNSIL curriculum is currently implemented at thirteen Milwaukee Public Schools: Academy of Accelerated Learning, Bethune Academy, Burbank School, Garland School, Humboldt Park School, Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language, Parkview School, Marvin E. Pratt School, Story School, Gilbert Stuart School, Victory Italian Immersion School, U.S. Grant School, and Zablocki School. MPS plans to expand this programming to more 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students in the district, an estimated 20,000 students.
This initiative, designed to promote cultural awareness and develop skills needed in a global setting, is made possible by sponsorship from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the MPS Foundation.
Programs to expand student understanding about the world around them are part of the MPS Eight Big Ideas: Educate the Whole Child strategy to promote student achievement.